posted on Oct, 12 2003 @ 02:01 AM
Chavez is notorious for using people's emotions to consolidate his own power... For him, the angry speech delivered to the masses is what the law
and debate are for serious statesmen. Though he uses Hitler as an image of evil... He uses the same tactics Hitler did.
As for Columbus... he was a sailor and explorer... a discoverer whose voyage helped to create the modern age. One can wonder if the high minded
concepts of morality we have now would even have developed if Columbus' discovery had not helped to trigger the renaissance, enlightenment, and
modern world. In short, the world sans Columbus (and people like him) is essentially disconnected and uninformed. And, for the sake of historical
accuracy, the battles that gained Spain its control of the new world were all fought before 'European' diseases (many actually came to Europe via
the mongols centuries before) had set in.
Just food for thought... we can bash Columbus now, but would we have the cultural/intellectual superstructure which created the moral standards we use
to bash Columbus had he not discovered the new world and set in motion the second blossoming of western civilization?